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My favourite island...

Sifnos, Cyclades Islands, GreeceThe Enchanting Cyclades have just been voted "most popular European island destination" in a recent survey. (see below for Top Ten) This spectacular archipelago set withing the azure waters of the sparkling Aegean Sea offers a host of relaxing holiday options, including the chance to 'island-hop' and experience a traditional way of life that has been preseved on many of the lesser islands (left).

In equal fourth place came dramatic Madeira, famed for its Waterways and Flowers, and beautiful Capri, which can easily be explored from the Sorrento Peninsula.

Mallorca, an island we know very well, came a creditable sixth. The Tramuntana Sierra in the island's northwest corner (right) has long been a favourite region of ours and you can explore its mountains and villages on a gentle walking holiday or immerse yourself in the fragrance and sheer drama of the citrus groves and dramatic coast from a wonderful hotel in Soller.

MallorcaThe Venetian islands came in seventh, a must for anyone visiting the uniqiue city of Venice; with unspoiled Sicily, an island rich in culture and tradition, and the islands off Croatia's spectacular coasts at ninth and tenth respectively. Spend a night or two in historic Dubrovnik, arguably the world's most perfectly preserved medieval city, before taking the ferry to explore two of the most beautiful of the Dalmatian Islands, Korcula (below) and Mljet.

There is something magical about islands, the sense of adventure and journey heightened by having to travel over water to reach them. We all have our favourites - and I have to say that, for me, there can be no more dramatic and exciting islands to explore than Norway's Lofoten Islands.

But which is your favourite? Where would you like to go?
Korcula, Dalamatian Islands, Croatia

The top ten favourite European islands/archipelagos:

1 The Cyclades
2 The Turkish Aegean Islands
3 Ibiza
4= Capri
4= Madeira
6 Mallorca
7 The Venetian Islands
8 Skye
9 Sicily
10 The Dalmatian Islands
 

Posted: 26/10/2010 09:26:14 by | with 0 comments
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